• Duration: 18 Days
  • Diffculty: Moderate 
  • Best Time: May - August
  • Max. Altitude: 3,800 m

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek - Stunningly Colorful Buddhist Monks' Mask Dance

Mustang Tiji festival trek is a unique trekking adventure opportunity in the festive mood to the walled kingdom of Lomantang. Upper Mustang, known as Lo is a remote Himalayan province situated north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. It is surrounded by the Tibetan plateau on all sides except the south, which links with Nepal. Due to its proximity to and long association with Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle, religion, art, and culture remain intact on this rain shadow upper Mustang. We can see its magnificent monasteries, palaces, and the remains of massive, rambling forts of the 15th and 16th centuries. Most of the monasteries in the upper Mustang belong to the Sakayapa sect, represented by colored strips of grey, white and red. The People of Lo are highly religious, and festivals such as Tiji are integral to their lives. This Tiji Festival trek to Upper Mustang offers an excellent opportunity for all the trekkers to experience the local Tibetan culture in its best form.

Tiji Festival in Lomonthang, Upper Mustang

Tiji is a three-day annual festival celebrated at Lo Manthang in front of the King's palace. This is one of the most well-known and revered festivals in the Mustang region. It is a time of celebration and religious pilgrimage for the people of Lo. The festival initially began as a religious ceremony to ward off obstacles and suffering that might befall the region. Later it also comes to symbolize the hope and strength of the people of Lo. Administratively Lo is being divided into seven provinces known as Lo Tso Dhun. People in Mustang strongly believed that the Tiji festival brought hope and peace and protected them from evil forces. It is based on the myth of a deity Dorje Shunu, also called Vajrakila, who took rebirth to subdue all the evil forces and demons that created hell and suffering on earth.

Mustang Trekking on Festival

The deity defeats the demons through the power of the Tiji festival's dances and the variety of forms he takes. Thereby bringing peace and prosperity to the kingdom. Thus the festival depicts the victory of good over evil. It is believed that the people of Lo Manthang celebrated the Jiji festival in the 15th century at the time of Lama Lowo Khenchen. He is one of the most outstanding Buddhist teachers and the son of King Amgon Sangpo. During the three-day masked dance Tiji festival in Lo Monthang, upper Mustang, the chosen monk representing Dorge Shunu reveals his various forms, and an ancient Thangka painting of Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava is displayed as the beating of drums and chanting fill the air of Lo Manthang.

In the days approaching Tiji, the trails from the surrounding villages to Lo Manthang are packed with local people and mule caravans. Some drive on Jeep nowadays to participate in and celebrate their most awaited annual festival. Thus Mustang Tiji festival trek becomes a memorable holiday trip to witness the diverse topography with the spellbound festival at its best form. Nowhere else can be seen? Mountain Monarch regularly organizes this unique Tiji festival trek in Upper Mustang annually. The booking for the 2023 trip is already open; seats are limited. Thus hurry up and reserve your place to witness this Tiji festival in Lo Monthang upper Mustang in May 2023.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Special Tiji festival trip to La Manthang in Mustang
  • Three days long Tiji festival inside the palace of Lo Manthang
  • Traditional culture on display, including the Monk's Mask Dance
  • Full board meals and drinking water on the trek
  • Medically trained trek guide with comprehensive first aid kit
  • Accompanied by trek guide and porters
  • Required trek gear for use while on a trek
  • Special trek permit, hotel, transportation, flight
What's Included
  • Arrival and departure Airport transfer
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin share with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with a cultural program
  • Half-day guided cultural tour in Kathmandu with heritage entrance permit
  • Teahouse/lodge accommodation while on a trek on twin share
  • Full board meals while on upper Mustang Tiji festival trekking.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit for the Tiji festival trek
  • Annapurna conservation entry trek permit and other trek documentation.
  • Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara airfare with airport tax
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara drive
  • Free use of trekking gear like a sleeping bag, down jacket, liner, trekking poles, etc
  • Complementary trek Duffle bag and T-shirt for every trekker on the Tiji festival trip.
  • Medical trained, experienced trekking guide with a first aid kit
  • Trek Sherpa and porters with all their gear, wages, and insurance.
  • A Kathmandu city map and Mustang region trekking map
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry visa and your travel insurance of any kind
  • International airfare
  • Drinks and main meals while in the city like Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips and items of personal nature expenses like postage, laundry, and drinking water.
Customer Reviews
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    Robert White 5.0CanadaJuly 15, 2017logo
    A very worthwhile trek

    Once again, Pradip, your company and staff exceeded our expectations. I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of the service provided by other trekking companies. Still, I find it hard to believe that any could exceed Mountain Monarch’s level of service and the level of support that your guides and Sherpas gave us. Sunil, Jay, Pemba, and the rest of our guides were terrific in every way imaginable; we could not thank them enough.

    The Mustang area is dry and quite stark but has a subtle beauty that impressed us all. A very worthwhile trek with the spellbound three days long Tiji festival.

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    Brendan Kelly 5.0United KingdomJuly 02, 2017logo
    Wonderful service

    I recently completed two Treks with Mountain Monarch. The first was a solo trek with my guide to Langtang; the other was joining a group Trek to Upper Mustang and the Tiji Festival. On all occasions, Mountain Monarch provided excellent service. This included great advice to help me plan my holiday and the service provided by all the staff on the Treks that saw their roles as not only guides but to ensure we all had an enjoyable time, as well as learning more about the land we were Trekking through. I am happy to recommend Mountain Monarch, which is reliable, financially competitive, and takes extra steps to ensure your time in Nepal is enjoyable and hassle-free.

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